So, why come to Guitars for Guts? Because of stories like Blake's, Ben's, Iris' or Jess' or one of the millions of others that are suffering worldwide from these debilitating gastrointestinal diseases. Only we can make a difference. By donating $25 and spending a Sunday afternoon listening to four amazing and original bands (all of whom have been affected on a very personal level by these diseases), we can get THAT much closer to finding a cure for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. We will be THAT much closer to finding a new road for millions of people to walk down; a road that leads to fulfilling and active lifestyles.
Although complete removal of the colon and rectum serves as a superficial "cure" for Ulcerative Colitis, it is not true cure. UC patients will still suffer from systemic inflammation and many other extraintestinal complications for the rest of their lives; including, but not limited to gallstones, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney stones, skin rashes, liver disease, and so on. There is no effective cure to treat the intestinal or digestive symptoms of Crohn's Disease.
IBD does not make headlines like breast cancer, AIDS, or many other tragic and debilitating diseases and, hence, does not receive nearly as much funding for research. This needs to change. Our digestive tracts may not symbolize femininity and a diagnosis may not signal a death sentence, but a diagnosis of IBD can be devastating as well. For many patients, a diagnosis of IBD can mean an end to life as we know it. Life is short for all of us; let's give IBD patients that chance to make the most of it.